Throughout the noughties Atomic Kitten flew the flag as the biggest girl group in Europe selling over 8 million records and selling 0ut arenas globally! It’s safe to say the UK pop scene missed these girls, but now they are back, older, wiser and more feisty and fun loving than ever.
Atomic Kitten were formed in 1998 and broke onto the national conscious in late 1999 with their debut single ‘Right Now’ which jumped straight into the UK Top 10 eventually spending 7 weeks in the Top 40.
The beginning of 2001 and Atomic Kitten were about to launch ‘Whole Again’ when founder member Kerry Katona announced her decision to leave the band to marry her sweetheart and have children…Kerry felt she had had enough of fame and wanted the quiet life.
The single stayed at the top of the charts for an amazing four weeks, beating off competition from U2 amongst others, and breaking a Guinness Record in the process. It took Liverpool to the top of the global list for the city with the most number 1s ahead of Detroit while Atomic Kitten became the girl group with the longest stay in the UK top 40 beating The Spice Girls record for Wannabe.
‘Whole Again’ remains one of the biggest selling singles of the last decade in the UK as well as being an international smash and Kitten fever soon spread across Europe, including a fantastic six weeks at number 1 in Germany. The song was a #1 in 19 countries.
Taking an extended break after the album the girls finished on a high with a sold out UK arena tour and a greatest hits album and DVD.
In 5 years Atomic Kitten kicked their way into the national pop psyche and became the biggest girl group in Europe. They generated more press than any other UK act with their every move photographed and celebrated. Their charitable work trumped any other group with them becoming patrons of Worldvision, Unicef, Save the Children, Breast Cancer research and a myriad of smaller more personal charities.
The band still gig regularly around the world.
Once an Atomic Kitten always an Atomic Kitten is the girls’ mantra, and proving they are still very much alive and purring they undertook a high profile and high-octane return to the forefront of UK pop music on ITV2’s The Big Reunion in 2013.